Two DJs based in Durban, Luvuyo “DJ Luvas” Njeje and Lungelo “Pluto” Ntombela, are accusing singer Babes Wodumo of stealing their song, Gandaganda.
This week, Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, posted a video on social media in which she pleaded with her followers to help her track down her USB, which contained her unmastered version of Gandaganda. Njeje said it was a cover-up. “Babes knows the truth. The title of her song and the duration are the same as ours; only the beats and lyrics are different. She stole our song, which we released on 6 April,” Njeje said.
The mastered and unmastered versions of the song were sent to at least three producers, who asked not to be named. They all confirmed that the song had the same hook in both versions.However, one producer said: “Gandaganda used to be a recitation that kids sang, so it does not belong to anyone. Unfortunately, these guys are fighting a losing battle.”